6 die of measles, 22 oth­ers in­fected in IDP camp

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Shehu Abubakar, Maiduguri

Six chil­dren have died of measles in Ara­bic Teach­ers’ Col­lege (ATC) camp hous­ing 8,034 In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) from Gwoza, Marte and Askira Uba lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

The out­break of the dis­ease is blamed on con­ges­tion and in­ad­e­quate toi­lets and san­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties.

When Daily Trust vis­ited the camp Tues­day, 22 chil­dren were still suf­fer­ing from the dis­ease even as 345 IDPs from Askira Uba lo­cal gov­ern­ment area had been re­turned to their var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties while 1,913 other IDPs from Gwoza lo­cal gov­ern­ment area had been re­lo­cated to Bakassi camp to de­con­gest the ATC camp.

Of­fi­cials in the camp, who pleaded anonymity be­cause they had no author­ity to talk to the press, said the in­creased rain­fall in the area these days was wors­en­ing the sit­u­a­tion due to poor drainage sys­tem and re­sul­tant flood­ing.

Ef­fort to reach the Chair­man of the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA), En­gi­neer Ahmed Al­haji Satomi, was not suc­cess­ful as calls put to his mo­bile phone were not an­swered.

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